An Art Lover’s Guide to Philadelphia

If you find yourself visiting Philadelphia at some point, you’re guaranteed to be taken aback by just how beautiful the city is. As one of our country’s oldest cities, Philadelphia boasts both gorgeous historical buildings and captivating public art at every turn. Philadelphia also is home to a thriving modern arts scene, as well. With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, why not take a day to enjoy an art walk or gallery showing? You’ll have a chance to experience the unique culture of the city that both tourists and locals enjoy.

Here are some of the best art related attractions and tours that The City of Brotherly Love has to offer:

Old Town Philadelphia
One of the many murals of Old Town, Philadelphia. Photo by Robert Cudmore via Flickr

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program: Need proof that Philadelphia is truly an artistic metropolis? Old Town Philadelphia hosts the world’s largest collection of outdoor public art AND offers a number of unique tours to showcase it. Hundreds of eclectic murals span the landmarks of Old Town. You’ll see portraits, abstract art, comic art, landscapes, historic event inspired art, and more. How you would like to take the tour is up to you. Private walking tour with guided information? They have those. Trolley tour? Check. Segway? You bet! There’s even a “love letter” tour geared toward visiting the 50 romantic themed murals in the city. (Hint: Perfect for impressing your date on Valentine’s Day or any other time of the year.)

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art, photo by Krscal via Wikipedia

Philadelphia Museum of Art: With Greek-revival architecture based off of the Parthenon, it’s fitting that this museum houses an impressive collection of historical masterpieces. As the 3rd largest art museum in the USA, Philly’s art museum boasts a number of enviable paintings including Claude Monet’s iconic 1899 “Japanese Bridge and Water Lilies”. Insider tip: The first Sunday of every month and Wednesdays after 5PM are “pay as you wish” for admission. Otherwise, $20 admission during other times.

The Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation, Photo by Smallbones via Wikipedia

The Barnes Foundation: At this uniquely crafted museum, you’ll witness the stunning art collection of the eccentric late Dr. Albert Barnes. The amount of classic paintings is so vast that you’ll be amazed that just one person housed so much history. Think Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and the world’s largest collection of Renoir. Definitely plan to spend a day here and buy tickets in advance.

Magic Gardens
Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Photo by Alex Thomson via Flickr

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: Looking for an art experience that’s a bit more off-beat than the organized gallery? Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is mosaic “art environment”, not just an art museum. Numerous tours and fun events are held here including happy hour!

First Friday: On the first Friday of every month, Old City in Philadelphia welcomes all art lovers to wander around and enjoy the neighborhood’s 40+ art galleries. Most are open from 5pm to 9pm! Of course, plenty of fantastic dining and nightlife also will await you in this area. Perfect for a fun night out with your date.



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